“One still questions the actions of the warriors on the battlefield, and whether that column be averted or done differently. We always have a choice to so something either the right way or the easy way” – The famous lines from Ashwatthama’s Redemption: The Rise of Dandak by Gunjan Poswal, teaches us to do our tasks and duties honestly and efficiently.
The meaning deciphered by the word ‘mythology’ is “a body or system of myths”, the stories associated with a culture, institution or person. The Indian mythology grapples with the stories of Gods and legends taken birth to save people from the trepidation of demons known as ‘asuras’ and leading mankind to the path of humanity, truth and wisdom, enlightening them in capturing emancipation. Here are the best Hindu mythological shows aired on Indian television you must watch.
1) Mahabharat (1988)
Aired on: DD National
The famous Indian mythological show based on the epic story of “Mahabharata” was produced by B.R. Chopra , directed by Ravi Chopra and written by Pandit Narendra Sharma. The show was premiered on 2 October 1988on DD National. The title song consisted of two famous verses from the Bhagvad Gita followed by a narration by Harish Bhimani as a personification of Time, delineating the current circumstances and brightening the spiritual significance of the content of the episode. The show was the most successful Mahabharata series ever produced for television starring Nitish Bhardwaj, Mukesh Khanna, Rupa Ganguly, Gajendra Chauhan, Puneet Issar, Gufi Paintal. The total of 94 episodes were aired with last episode on 24 June 1990 delivering the message of victory of dharma over adharma.
2) Sampoorna Ramayan (1987)
Aired on: Doordarshan & DD National
The world’s most famous Indian mythology was directed by Ramanand Sagar by consulting the epic holy book “the Ramayana” by 21 different writers throughout the nation. The first episode was aired on 25 Jan 1987 on DD National and Doordarshan. Starring Deepika Chikhalia, Arun Govil, Sunil Lahri, Arvind Trivedi ,Dara Singh; the show was a success completing 78 episodes with the last episode aired on 31 July 1988. As soothing spiritual balm, Sampoorna Ramayan gives a lesson on our deep-rooted culture, traditions and the heritage of pure ethics and principles. Here are the common characters of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
3) Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev (2011)
Aired on: Life OK
The popular Hindi Mythology premiered on 18 December 2011 on Life OK, directed by Nikhil Sinha, Ismail Umarr Khan, Manish Singh, Sayish Bhargv and Govind Aggrawal. The story is about an ascetic, Lord Shiva, who fells inlove with Sati, the grand daughter of Lord Brahma and their relationship shapes the universe. The show starred Mohit Raina, Mouni Roy, Saurabh Raaj Jain, Puja Banerjee and Sonarika Bhadoria delivering the message of spirituality from “The Shiv Purana” to the audience. The final episode was aired on 14 December 2014 completing a total of 820 episodes successfully.
4) Vishnu Puran (2000)
Aired on: DD National & Zee TV
The Indian television mythological series by B.R. Chopra was premiered on 23 Jan 2000. It was directed by Ravi Chopra completing 126 episodes. It is hinged 3the Vishnu Puran, an ancient collection of stories about Lord Vishnu, the divine trinity of gods, who participates in epic events and delivers profound spiritual messages to his devotees through his 10 incarnations. It also includes scriptures about the legend of Dhruva, starring Nitish Bhardwaj and Vaidehi Amrute
5) Shri Krishna (1993)
Aired on: Doordarshan
The popular Mythology of Indian television aired on 19 July 1993 in Doordarshan was directed by Ramanand Sagar. The episodes series is an adaptation of incidents of life of Lord Vishnu based the Bhagvata Puran, Bhramha Vaivarta Purana, Harivamsa, Bhagvad Gita and the Mahabharata. In 1999,the show moved to Zee where the remaining episodes were broadcast. The show was a success completing 221 episodes starring Sarvadaman D. Banerjee, Swapnil Joshi, Deepak Deulkar, Pinky Parikh and Reshma Modi.
6) Suryaputra Karn (2015)
Aired on: Sony Entertainment TV
Suryaputra means the son of Surya (the Sun). It was one of the most famous Karna’s name. The Indian mythology epic television series was premiered on 29 June 2015 on Sony TV. The show was produced by Siddhartha Kumar Tewary of Swastik Productions. The series trundle the journey of life of Karn, one of the greatest archer and a major character from the Mahabharata, the son of Kunti and the best friend of Duryodhana. The show completed 307 episodes starring Gautam Rhode, Pankhuri Awasthy, Saurabh Pandey, Shalin Bhanot.The final episode aired on 7 August 2016.
7) Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanuman (2015)
Aired on: Sony Entertainment television
The Indian mythology based on the story of Lord Ram bhakt, Hanuman was premiered on 4 May 2015 on Sony TV. The childhood and untold story of Lord Hanuman, who possesses various virtuous qualities, is considered the destroyer of evil throughout. Hence the name Sankat Mochan, are very well depicted in the series from the view point of Lord Shree Krishna and Devi Rukmani. The story by Brij Mohan Pandey completed 631 episodes with the last episode aired on 21 August 2017 starring Nirbhay Wadhwa, Gagan Malik Barkha Sen and Deblina Chatterjee.
8) Santoshi Maa (2015)
Aired on: & TV
The Indian television mythological series, premiered on 20 October 2017, was produced by Rashmi Sharma Teleflims. The show was an amalgamate of mythology and drama. The story runs on 3 parallel tracks. The first story is about Santoshi, a devout follower of Santoshi Maa who believes that the goddess is the ultimate remedy of all desolation. The second track depicts the story of Devloka where all gods and goddess of the universe sojourn. Debouillon Santoshi with her alliance ‘Gau Mata’ (the cow) try best to help her devotees. The third track involves Santoshi’s greedy relatives. The show completed 499 episodes starring Gray Singh, Ratan Rajput, Ayaz Ahmed and Debina Banerjee. The last episode was aired on 20 October 2017 denoting a successful end.
9) Karamfal Data Shani (2016)
Aired on: Colors TV
The Indian television mythological series, aired from 7 November 2016 to 9 March 2018 on Colors TV. The show was produced by Swastik Productions, created by Siddhartha Kumar and directed by Kamal Monga, Sumit Thakur, Gurpreet Rana and Aviraj D. The show was based on the story of Lord Shani, who faced many hardship in his childhood, known for his wraths, seeks guidance from his mentors Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The show ran for a season completing 346 episodes starring Karthikeya Malviya, Rohit Khurana, Kunal Bakshi, Tina Datta and Juhi Parmar. The recipient of many awards including ITA Award for Best Child Artist and Best Director, the show became very popular among the audience.
10) Mahakali Ant Hi Aarambh Hai (2017)
Aired on: Colors TV
The recipient of ITA Award for Best Television Show, the show was premiered on 22 July 2017 on Colors TV. The show was created by Siddhartha Kumar Tewary and written by Vinod Sharma starring Puja Sharma, Saurabh Raaj Jain, Meghan Jadhav, Kanan Malhotra and Nikita Sharma. The show depicts the story of Debouillon Kali, the divine protector, about her different incarnations to protect the weak. She uses her cosmic powers to destroy the evil forces that threaten the world. The final episode of this spiritual show was aired on 5 August 2018 entertaining the viewers with total of 95 episodes.
11) Siya Ke Ram (2015)
Aired on: Star Plus
The Indian mythology drama epic TV was premiered on Star Plus on 16 November 2015, produced by Nikhil Sinha under the banner Triangle Film Company. The show proffered the epic Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama and Devi Sita from Sita’s perspective. The show featured Ashish Sharma, Madirakshi Mundle and Jayaram completing 326 episodes giving the spiritual oblation to the audience, the last episode was aired on 4 November 2016.
12) Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi- Kahani Mata Rani Ki (2019)
Aired on: Star Bharat
The Indian mythology series premiered on 30 Sept 2019 on Star Bharat was directed by Bhagwan Yadav and created by Rashmi Sharma. It is based on the life of Maa Vaishno Devi, an amalgamation of supreme powers, a force to save mankind. The series is directed by Mallika Sahaye and Dharam Singh, featuring Puja Banerjee, Maisha Dixit, Madirakshi Mundle, Toral Rasputra and Hrishikesh Pandey. The show has completed 149 episodes till now and apprehend positive response from viewers overall.
13) Vighanaharta Ganesh (2017)
Aired on: Sony Entertainment television
The Indian mythology series, premiered on 22 Aug 2017 on Sony TV, is a recipient of ZEE Rishtey Award and ITA Award. Vighanaharta means the ‘sentinel of tumult’. The show is produced by Abhimanyyu Singh under the banner of Cantoile Entertainment, featuring Nishkarsh Dixit, Malkhan Singh, Akansha Puri and Rahul Sharma. Lord Ganesha is delineated as a young boy who believe in the power of scuffle, which eventually helps him succeed. Most of the stories are narrated to Ganesha by other characters or by Ganesha himself.
14) Radha Krishna (2018)
Aired on: Star Bharat
An Indian mythology series, the recipient of ITA Award for Best Mythological series, is one among the most popular shows running on Indian TV. It is hinged on the life of the divine couple Shri Krishna and Radha Rani, created by Siddhartha Kumar Tewary starring Sumedh Mudgalkar and Mallika Singh. It premiered on 7 October 2018 on Star Sharat. The show is also broadcasting in Kanada, Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu and has completed 460 episodes till now.
15) Luv Kush (1989)
Aired on: DD National
The legendary Indian mythological series created, directed and produced by Ramanand Sagar premiered in 1989 on DD National. It is a follow up of Ramayan. Luv- kush series covers the last book- the Uttar Kanda- of the ancient Indian epic the Ramayana following Rama’s coronation especially focusing on his children , twins Luv and Kush. The show completed 44 episodes in total featuring Arun Govil, Deepika, Sunil Lahri, Dara Singh, Swapnil Joshi and Mayuresh Kshetramade. Originally the show was titled Uttar Ramayan. The ending of the show left the viewers heart sobbing.
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